SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 73,473
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2017
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  • Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers
  • Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
  • Allowed solar by-right accessory use in all zones (so solar installations don’t require special permits or hearings)
  • Cross-trained both inspection and permitting staff on solar PV
  • Provided a streamlined permitting pathway for small PV systems
I’m proud that Evanston is being recognized for its commitment to supporting solar energy. Evanston has a long history of leading in climate action by reducing carbon emissions through the purchase of renewable energy, installing solar generation, and increasing energy efficiency.
- Stephen Hagerty, Evanston Mayor